Afghanistan braces for rematch between political rivals

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday registered to run for president later this year, setting up a rematch after a bitterly disputed 2014 vote led to a power-sharing agreement brokered by the United States. They are the front-runners among at least 14 candidates who registered to run in the July

Canada says it won’t be deterred by Chinese pressure

Canada’s public safety minister said Friday that the country won’t be deterred by Chinese pressure after China threatened reprisals if Huawei was banned from supplying equipment for 5G networks, highlighting the growing rift between America’s neighbor and the emerging superpower. There are accusations that the telecom giant is controlled by China’s ruling Communist Party or

Runaway Saudi woman reaches her new home in Canada

Tired but smiling, an 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she feared death if deported back home arrived Saturday in Canada, which offered her asylum in a case that attracted global attention after she mounted a social media campaign. “This is Rahaf Alqunun, a very brave new Canadian,” Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said arm-in-arm with the

US says time for new government in Venezuela

The United States stepped up its criticism of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Saturday with an explicit call for the formation of a new government in the South American country. The U.S. State Department said in a statement that it stood behind the head of Venezuela’s opposition-run congress, Juan Guaido, who said on Friday that

3 dead, 23 injured in Ottawa bus crash

A double-deck city bus smashed into a transit shelter during Friday’s rush hour, and Ottawa authorities said three people were killed and 23 injured. Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said the bus driver was arrested after the crash, but he declined to provide details on why she was detained. He said police were still investigating the

‘There’s a Lot More Climate Finance Available than People Think’ — Global Issues

by Yazeed Kamaldien (cape town, south africa) Friday, January 11, 2019 Inter Press Service CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Jan 11 (IPS) – IPS Correspondent Yazeed Kamaldien speaks to DR. FRANK RIJSBERMAN, director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) about accessing finance for climate mitigation.While growth in the green economy looks promising, government regulation and

Reports: On Mideast trip, Pompeo makes unannounced Iraq stop

Interested in Iraq? Add Iraq as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Iraq news, video, and analysis from ABC News. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Iraq on Wednesday in an unannounced stop on his Mideast tour meant to promote the White House’s hard-line position on Iran. Pompeo’s arrival

Mexico defends hands-off stance on Venezuela

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended his administration’s hands-off policy on Venezuela Monday, saying it marked a return to the country’s longstanding policy of non-intervention. Lopez Obrador’s new administration has reversed years of Mexican pressure on Venezuela, refusing to sign a Lima Group declaration Friday urging Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro not to assume power

Sprouting Mangroves Restore Hopes in Coastal Myanmar — Global Issues

by Stella Paul (shwe thaung yan, myanmar) Friday, January 04, 2019 Inter Press Service SHWE THAUNG YAN, Myanmar, Jan 04 (IPS) – Htay Aung is having a moment. The 63-year-old retired professor of Marine Science sits at the foot of a Buddha statue atop a hill on Shwe Thaung Yan sub township, in Myanmar’s Ayyerwady region, almost

Michigan man held for spying in Russia was frequent visitor

Interested in Russia? Add Russia as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Russia news, video, and analysis from ABC News. As a staff sergeant with the Marines in Iraq, Paul Whelan enjoyed fine cigars and showed an affinity for Russia — even spending two weeks of military leave in Moscow and

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